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in the senate or they were sort of setting chuck hagel up to say, you better think about withdrawing your name and we'll get on with something else. this just doesn't happen the way it did yesterday. >> so it might be more damage to the possibility of confirmation? >> i don't think he helped himself. i would say that because it seems to me after the white house's kind of tepid reaction they had, it seems to be saying to democrats if this is a hard vote for you, do what you need to do. >> what do you make of john mccain? >> well, this is a very interesting thing. let's not forget that chuck hagel was john mccain's co-chairman, the co-chairman of his national campaign when he ran for president the first time. these were busosum buddies, vietnam veterans and john mccain says this split is about policy and nothing more until we find other evidence i guess we take him at his word but this is a deep breach, i don't think there's a question about that one. >> "face the nation" this sunday who is your guest? >> we'll have roger goodell, the commissioner of professional foo
the nominations of john brennan and chuck hagel pending more answers on the attacks in benghazi last september. >> i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the cia directorship hagel to be confirmed as secretary of defense until the white house gives us an accounting. >> jeff: there are still 102,000 coalition troops in afghanistan. and today marked a change of command for them. marine general john all when who is in line to become nato's supreme european commander passed the baton to marine general joseph dunford in a ceremony at coalition headquarters in kabul. dharlie-- charlie d'agata was there. >> reporter: this morning general john allen gave up command to fellow marine joseph dunford in an emotional event that at times sound more like a defiant victory speech than a handover ceremony. >> afghan force-- afghan forces defending afghan people and enabling the government of this country to serve its citizens. this is victory, this is what winning looks like. and we should not shrink from using these words. >> reporter: but he himself has admitted he's had a tough 19 months an
-marie? >> susan mcginnis in washington. thank you. >>> former republican senator chuck hagel is expected to be sworn in as the next secretary of defense today. only four republicans voted for hagel. >>> and for the first time, the obama administration is reportedly considering providing direct assistance to elements of the syrian opposition. secretary of state john kerry is in france today. a decision on this shift in u.s. policy is expected tomorrow when kerry attends a conference on syria in rome. kerry has been consulting with european leaders. u.s. officials say the administration is considering sending tens of millions of dollars in nonlethal assistance to the rebels fighting the assad regime. >>> the latest blast of winter weather making its way toward the great lakes. the latest storm dumped essentially inches of snow across the plains. it's being blamed for at least three deaths and has knocked out power to more than 100,000 homes and businesses. teresa garcia reports. >> reporter: a major winter storm is dumping a layer of heavy wet snow on parts of the count
policies. >> is the problem with his the president and his policies or is it with chuck hagel, john brennan, john kerry? >> that's all the president. the pr the president picks the people e put aro he puts around him, too. with respect to chuck hagel and brennan, the defense and cia just in the last week their o performance in front of the committees that have to confirm them has them has been pretty poor and not not in my judgment that's the th judgment as well of senators on both sides of the aisle.f the my guess is if you look to put th the president's motives for picking chuck hagel i think he wants the republican to go be -- chu the foil if you will for what heic wants to do to the defense department, do serious damage to our military capabilities.ous it looks to me that the da president has made choices in part based on people who won't part b argue with him. mor >> we'll have much more of the vice pr interview, the former vice use o president will talk about the water use of waterboarding and his relationship with former he president george w. bush. >>> 24
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